Recently, Tangled Tree Wines invited me to create a spring-inspired picnic experience; this post is designed to showcase the result of that fun wine-meets-picnic collaboration.
I am all for local businesses and wine farms finding ways to be more planet-friendly so Van Loveren Family Vineyards’ eco-friendly Tangled Tree wine range instantly appealed to me.
Best of all, the wine bottles are planet-conscious, visually attractive and unbreakable. This makes them perfectly safe for enjoying indoors, out in the garden or wherever your next adventure takes you. (With alcohol restrictions adhered to, of course.)
Enjoy Heading Safely Outdoors this Spring
With the warmer weather and haven it provides – particularly during COVID times – the outdoors is the safest place to be at present. And what better time to safely and responsibly head outdoors than during spring when hope and sunshine fill the air?
With this in mind, I was ready to create a wonderful porch-style picnic. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t play ball – so I had to get creative and instead bring spring indoors! But, as COVID has shown us, sometimes less is more in life and just because we have to adapt to a situation – does not mean that we cannot still savour beautiful moments with those we love.
Although I had to change my plans somewhat, I still love the way this picnic experience turned out.
I hope this shows that you can still enjoy an amazing spring picnic with Tangled Tree Wines anywhere.
Supporting Two Top Local Brands
For our picnic experience, Tangled Tree Wines provided some lovely picnic goodies and a picnic budget but left the rest to us.
This meant I could either cook or order some good food and in the end, I decided to support another local business through my picnic.
Launched on 1 September 2021, Protea Picnics – a Cape Town-based bespoke picnic company, owned and run by Sally de Villiers – seemed like the perfect fit.
Not only do they have a range of delicious picnic options to choose from but their picnics are affordable and perfect for two people sharing.
I love that, through this collaboration, I got to support not one but two incredible local brands. This is something I am very passionate about. And that passion has only increased with COVID-19, as local brands, businesses and wine farms continue to struggle.
The Tangled Tree Wine Range: Fun, Fabulous and Eco-Friendly
To share more insights into the lovely Tangled Tree wine range, here are some quick facts about the wines and packaging:
- The wines were inspired by a real-life love story and natural phenomenon (more on that further on!).
- Less energy is used to make the bottles, making them better for our planet.
- Through these bottles, you can support both upcycling and recycling. 🙂
- The PET bottles are lightweight, eco-friendly and unbreakable and have a 60% lower carbon footprint. This makes them ideal for indoor and outdoor adventures and picnics alike!
- The wines and packaging are inspired by nature and this shows through the eye-catching, colourful and cheerful labels as much as anything else.
- By enjoying these wines, you are helping reduce the effects of climate change and promoting green living.
The Story Behind the Wines
One of the most beautiful things about the Tangled Tree wine range is the heartwarming, inspirational story behind it.
For those who don’t know, Van Loveren has an incredible estate garden. It was created and cared for by avid gardener, Jean Retief.
Touchingly, many of the trees planted in the estate garden serve as living commemorations to significant personal and historical events. Events that mattered to Jean, like the birth of her children, for example.
And then we have the tangled tree(s), an iconic centre piece in the gardens… The story goes that, in 1941, Jean ordered a ‘hardy’ tree from KZN. When it reached the Cape farm, local farmers noted that it looked like the Karee, a fairly common tree in the Robertson Wine Valley. But Jean stuck to her guns, insisting it was a Rhus Lancea.
One day, her husband, Hennie, went down to the Breede River and retrieved a Karee sapling. This he planted next to Jean’s tree and over time, the two trees grew entwined together, symobolising the couple’s own love and life that was intricately bound together. 🙂
I love the romance and simple beauty behind this story, as much as I love the reminder of how some things in life – like family, love and passion – are what really matter and stand the test of time, enduring like these two remarkable trees for future generations to marvel at or admire.
Tangled Tree: Tropical Sauvignon Blanc
We began our picnic with the lovely Tangled Tree Sauvignon Blanc. This crisp, fruity wine – which has aromas of tropical fruit, such as guava, melon and slight gooseberry undertones – was right up my alley, as a white wine fan. Overall, I rate this wine 8/10.
This is a wine for any occasion and pairs well with things like Cape Malay curry, grilled fish and paella to name a few.
In light of this, I enjoyed it with some salmon pate and tasty whole wheat bread. This was a delicious pairing and a part of our picnic that I really enjoyed.
Tangled Tree: Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon
With our mains, we finally got to enjoy the Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon. This ruby red wine was wonderfully creamy and did have a lingering chocolatey aftertaste, true to its name. Overall, especially as a white wine lover more than a red, I rate this wine 7/10.
It boasts chocolate and mocha notes, as well as hints of cassis and blackberry.
In terms of food suggestions, this food-friendly wine would probably taste good with almost anything. But recommended food suggestions include veal, roast beef, hearty stews and slow roasted lamb shank.
For my main, I paired it with rare roast beef with mustard and I have to say, it was a delicious, rich combination that I really enjoyed.
Tangled Tree: Moscato Rose
Lastly, we reached perhaps the best part of any meal: dessert! 🙂 For dessert, we paired the beautiful, delicate Tangled Tree Moscato Rose with champagne cake and decadent chocolate tart.
This rose is lovely and actually grew on me over time. Overall, I rate the Moscato Rose as 8/10. Its pretty, soft pink colouring and upfront muscat and rose petal flavours makes it the perfect companion for food options like Thai cuisine, mild curries and of course, desserts. 🙂
This was perhaps my second favourite food pairing after the Sauvignon Blanc and salmon pate combination.
Final Thoughts on Tangled Tree Wines
Overall, I really like everything about the Tangled Tree wine range. It’s fun, eco-friendly and above all, easy drinking and affordable, making it ideal for special moments with loved ones, like relaxed picnics, intimate get-togethers or quiet weekends at home.
Best of all, by supporting Tangled Tree Wines, you are also helping our planet feel a little lighter, thanks to the range’s planet-friendly approach.
Final Thoughts on Protea Picnics
Our Protea Picnics spread complemented the Tangled Tree wines beautifully and ensured a wonderful, all-round indoor picnic.
The picnic packaging is beautiful and largely eco-friendly, complete with thoughtful personal touches from Sally, who really pours her love of food into her delightful picnic offerings.
Picnics are priced at R275 per person. Picnics can be collected or delivered for free within a 20 km radius of Hout Bay. (Alternatively, you can pay an additional fee for deliveries outside the Hout Bay radius.)
Each picnic option includes the following (per person):
- Dip or pate with homemade whole wheat bread
- quiche or pastry
- main protein
- something sweet
We really enjoyed our picnic and overall, I rate my Protea Picnic as 7/10. There were one or two dishes that were not my favourite, purely from a personal taste perspective. However, that said, everything was fresh and beautifully presented all the same.
Best of all, the Protea Picnics are easy to order and Sally is very professional and lovely to deal with. The picnic portions are generous and good value for money. So I can recommend Protea Picnics for dates, catchups with friends and special occasions and outdoor adventures.
Thank you to Sally of Protea Picnics for such a lovely picnic spread! 🙂 I will definitely be supporting this beautiful local business again for all my future picnic needs.
Although I used the provided Tangled Tree Wines picnic budget for this picnic order – our Protea Picnic was still paid for and ordered normally and independently from the Tangled Tree Wines collaboration.
Protea Picnics is in no way affiliated with Tangled Tree Wines. I simply chose to support another local brand through this collaboration, hence why I am including them in this post.
Also, although this is a sponsored post, all views and opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
Special Word of Thanks
I wish to personally extend my thanks to Tangled Tree Wines and Pippa Pringle of On The Marque for collaborating with me on this fun, sponsored picnic experience. 🙂
We loved every minute of it – and I hope this inspires others to enjoy Tangled Tree Wines with their own spring picnics!
Author: Tamlyn Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.